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VW's trunk lights suck...

V-Dub GTI

Monkey
Jun 11, 2006
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Well, the trunk light in my VW has always been dim and under-powered and when it burnt out last night it was the last straw... Today I went to autozone and bought two 9 inch red neon tubes, wired them up to the microswitch in the trunk latch, mounted them in a location where you can't see them and removed the stock bulb. They put off a nice red glow, good lighting, and for $20 I'm happy with it. Pics to follow tomorrow night.

~Matt

P.S Anyone put neon tubes in the foot wells? How do you like them?
 

Redrum

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Jan 18, 2008
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we used to install neons for all the ricers/import cars..
red is the best light for your eyes at night.
just make sure you keep them high enough away from your feet and from getting wet
 

V-Dub GTI

Monkey
Jun 11, 2006
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Poor, poor GTI. Getting neon tubes stuck in all of the places it doesn't want them. I can see in the hatch but I would keep them out of everywhere else. JMO of course.
I am NOT putting them underneath... thats to rice for this poor little German car. I think foot wells would look good just having a nice little abient glow...
 

stinkyboy

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Jan 6, 2005
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As an owner of several VW vehicles over time this thread title could do without the words "trunk" and "lights".

I would strangle a car salesman for a new R32 though...
 
Sep 20, 2007
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VW's electrical systems suck. I have gone through 2 sets of headlight bulbs, a taillight bulb, a battery, and the little led that lights up the temperature knobs.... Thank god it goes *pshhh* when I take my foot off of the gas.

(And I was saying keep the lights out of the footwells. Haha)
 

blue

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Jan 24, 2004
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VW's electrical systems suck. I have gone through 2 sets of headlight bulbs, a taillight bulb, a battery, and the little led that lights up the temperature knobs.... Thank god it goes *pshhh* when I take my foot off of the gas.

(And I was saying keep the lights out of the footwells. Haha)
Yep. Bosch sucks. Hence, German cars=****ty electronics.

Fvck Bosch.

I need a new tail light bulb.
 

V-Dub GTI

Monkey
Jun 11, 2006
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It now has smoked corner markers (the ambers are barely visible in this picture) and has been de-badged. Looks much cleaner.
Nice. Ever think of getting the rims painted black?

Mine:


So far has nothing but the trunk neon. Its getting Chipped, Deep tint windows, Tinted rear lights, lowered [coil-overs], and OZ-Racing wheels in black. And smoked side markers, and under-mirrior markers.
 
Sep 20, 2007
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I have thought about it. I am pretty sure that I am not going to put any more time or money into it though. I am about done with FWD I think. It has an intake, diverter valve, chip.... nothing major. It's a fun car and will probably remain a bike hauler for the most part. I want to start saving and look towards something quick though. (IS300 with a 2JZ-GTE swap, Supra, maybe an R32 Twin Turbo.... really not sure. Hell I wouldn't even mind building a small truck like a Dakota R/T. For some reason I always liked those.)
 

V-Dub GTI

Monkey
Jun 11, 2006
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I have thought about it. I am pretty sure that I am not going to put any more time or money into it though. I am about done with FWD I think. It has an intake, diverter valve, chip.... nothing major. It's a fun car and will probably remain a bike hauler for the most part. I want to start saving and look towards something quick though. (IS300 with a 2JZ-GTE swap, Supra, maybe an R32 Twin Turbo.... really not sure. Hell I wouldn't even mind building a small truck like a Dakota R/T. For some reason I always liked those.)
An R32 Supercharged would be nuts... I've always wanted to take a older Lancer and drop a 3.2 l V 6 twin turbo in it... but I dont think they are long enough under the hood... Lol.
 

V-Dub GTI

Monkey
Jun 11, 2006
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i am putting blue lights in the foot wells soon that same colour as the numbers on my gauge

i just ordered hid lights from oznium 6000k.
I've seen lots of people doing that, I'm matching the needles with the red. And my Grill Stripe/ Fast's smile.

[P.S: Your not allowed to drive in ohio. Even though you drive a VW]
 

Toshi

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i am putting blue lights in the foot wells soon that same colour as the numbers on my gauge

i just ordered hid lights from oznium 6000k.
you need to be shot. aftermarket HID kits are ILLEGAL not to mention dangerous and highly annoying.
 

blue

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Jan 24, 2004
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you need to be shot. aftermarket HID kits are ILLEGAL not to mention dangerous and highly annoying.
What he said.

The next ****head driving behind me with aftermarket HIDs is getting an RPG through the front glass.

PSP is just a tarted-up (aka: white) riceboi, like most VW "enthusiasts".
 

Kanye West

220# bag of hacktastic
Aug 31, 2006
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I would strangle a car salesman for a new R32 though...
I too would strangle a car salesman. For just about any reason though. Good or bad. Come to think of it, I probably wouldn't even need a reason, I just think it should be a sport. I put them in the same category as defense lawyers for child molesters.

As the owner of a VW though, I agree that the electronics in this car are nothing short of pure crap. Gotta remember that these things are assembled in Me-hi-ko....

It's been great other than annoying little electrical errors however. Anyone in Socal need a turbocharged Jetta??
 

Prettym1k3

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Aug 21, 2006
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Haha... it's not just the trunk light. My Jetta blew every bulb at least once, including interior bulbs. And most of those bulbs blew several times... I went through like 5 tail light bulbs on the driver side in a matter of 5 years.
 

V-Dub GTI

Monkey
Jun 11, 2006
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http://www.oznium.com/hid

they are real hid lights. i live in the country, not many cars where i drive, so its not really that much of an issue.
Yeah... but none the less illegal.

http://www.oznium.com/hid said:
Remember, keep your stock bulbs on hand. Our special bulbs are only sold for use at car shows and on non-public roads. The use of after-market HID headlights on public roads is illegal. Basically, they're just too cool for normal use. Watch our HID video to see what we're talking about!
 

V-Dub GTI

Monkey
Jun 11, 2006
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I too would strangle a car salesman. For just about any reason though. Good or bad. Come to think of it, I probably wouldn't even need a reason, I just think it should be a sport. I put them in the same category as defense lawyers for child molesters.

As the owner of a VW though, I agree that the electronics in this car are nothing short of pure crap. Gotta remember that these things are assembled in Me-hi-ko....

It's been great other than annoying little electrical errors however. Anyone in Socal need a turbocharged Jetta??

Mine was assembled in Germany thank you.